Joanna Grubman's husband, Kurt, worked with Annette Wyatt

Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

Joanna Grubman is married to Kurt Grubman, who works at the Harte Agency. Witnesses have said she is also Jeff Harte’s wife Elena’s best friend.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department. The interview was recorded with witness’s knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Joanna Grubman

Detective Murphy: Hello, Mrs. Grubman. For the record, could you please state your full name and address?

Joanna Grubman: My name is Joanna Grubman. You can call me Joanna, and I live at 1267 Horne Road.

Detective Armstrong: How are you today, Joanna?

Joanna Grubman: I’m all right.

Detective Murphy: Where do you work?

Joanna Grubman: Right now, I’m a domestic engineer. I’ve taken a few years off to raise my child. Once Isabelle starts school, I’ll return to work at the Hampton Inn.

Detective Armstrong: Domestic engineer, fancy title for a housewife?

Joanna Grubman: I am way more than a housewife. Have you any idea what my wages would be if you broke down what I do and then paid me for it? I guarantee you it would be more than you make. I’d wager substantially more at that.

Detective Murphy: I’m sure Detective Armstrong didn’t mean to offend. What was your position at the Inn?

Joanna Grubman: Clerk.

Detective Armstrong: What do you do in your spare time? Does your current job even allow you such a thing?

Joanna Grubman: You know what? I came in today to help you in your investigation about the murder. I don’t have to be here, and if you can’t curb your tongue, I will leave.

Detective Murphy: Don’t worry about him. Like you said, he has no clue what being a wife and mother is like. Joanna, what do you do in your spare time?

Joanna Grubman: I like to go horseback riding and I also hike. In my spare time.

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